The province’s largest party aligned with Britain has lost its leader; in the 100 years since the island was split it has rarely seemed so close to reuniting. Diplomacy, as with so much else, had to go online during the pandemic—and emerged more efficient and inclusive than many expected. And how art-lovers are getting ever more fully immersed.
The union between the nations of the United Kingdom is looking increasingly fragile, thanks to Brexit. If Scotland were to break away from Britain it would face an uncertain future—as would the rest of the union.
Carton House is a country house and surrounding demesne that was the ancestral seat of the Earls of Kildare and Dukes of Leinster. Located 23 km west of Dublin, in Maynooth, County Kildare, the Carton Demesne is 1,100 acres (4.5 km²). For two hundred years, the Carton Demesne was the finest example in Ireland of a Georgian-created parkland landscape. In the 2000s, much of the demesne was redeveloped into two golf courses and the house into a hotel complex.
Cairde is a dance group that exemplifies Irish dance. As early as several thousand years ago the druids – high priests of the Celts – were said to have performed ritual group dances accompanied with music. This is possibly the root of the folk dances that later developed in Ireland to become part of the island’s cultural heritage. However, Cairde take a less traditional approach to Irish dance, aiming to give it a fresh image. These young men from Ireland have already received millions of clicks on their TikTok dance videos.
Emmy-award-winning nature cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson takes a long trip along Ireland’s coastline, one of the most beautiful in the world. As he travels he visits wild locations and happens across a variety of wildlife, which are all captured using the latest in filming techniques and technology, such as high-speed footage and Cineflex. Also in his journey Colin will visit a gannet colony, see humpback whales and basking sharks surface, and uncover some of the early Christian history of the island, amongst much more.
Filmed and Edited by: Arnie Hensman
An Blascaod Mór (The Great Blasket), is the largest of The Blasket Islands off the coast of Co. Kerry Ireland.
On the very edge of a continent, it was Europe’s most western community until 1953 when it was evacuated due to the pressures of securing the safety of such a remote location.
During its most thriving era, it had a population of several hundred. Now uninhabited, it is a protected monument. The island was home to many prolific writers who recorded their history and stories in the Irish language, leaving behind a literary and spiritual legacy of written works. the most famous of which is Peig Sayers, who made her home there.
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth.
For the ancient Greeks the tree of witchcraft and death, for the Celts the tree of immortality and transcendence of time, for Nordic people the world tree Yggdrasil: – immense, evergreen, connecting their 9 worlds of existence. God Odin hung himself from a Yew tree for 9 nights in search of wisdom. During this time he traveled through the 9 worlds to learn the secrets of life and death… Interestingly, the Yew emits a vapour which can potentially cause hallucinations if inhaled for a long time. Needles, seeds, bark and wood are highly poisonous, the red flesh of its fruits is the only non-toxic part of the tree, it is edible, nutritious and sweet.
Yggdrasil is an immense mythical tree that plays a central role in Norse cosmology, where it connects the Nine Worlds. Yggdrasil is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson.
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In this series from The Paris Review, poets read and discuss the poems getting them through these strange times…from their couches.